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I'm looking for a downhaul cleat for my Balboa 24 mast. They are cleats that slide into the mast slot and are locked in place. I've seen them in O'Day 17 and Catalina 22 part schematics but can't find them online. The O'Day was a clam cleat and the Catalina a horn cleat. I think I'd prefer the clam cleat but either is better than nothing.
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Assuming that your mast groove is round (i.e. for rope), you may need to look for this in separate pieces - (1)slugs for the track, (2)screws and (3)the right size cleat. Harken makes the necessary parts to attach mast track to a grooved mast via a slug system. There are also other slugs that I've seen in catalogs - one with a knurled knob that keeps the boom/gooseneck at a set height.

You may also be able to simply use a hex nut on the end of the screw and cut the screw to fit (if necessary). Loosely put the nuts on the screws after running through the cleat then run the nuts in the groove and tighten when you get it positioned. However, this would possibly damage the mast groove.

Edit - note that this is only for a horn cleat
 

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If you strike out finding exactly the part you want, you could probably improvise very easily with something like this:

Jam Cleat

and mount it in the track using these:

Sail Track Stop Round
 

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thanks

thanks for the help.

I seem to already have too many cleats on the mast and they're full of lines.

I need one for my downhaul and below the gooseneck in the sail slot would be ideal. I'm going to look into getting some aluminum bar or tube and tapping a peice to screw a cleat to. I have to measure some things to see what size and how things will fit but I should be able to put something together.

thanks again.
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Yar, generally these things are shop-made. A short length of 1/2"w x 1/4"t aluminum bar stock (available at hardware stores) tapped on centers for #10-24 screws would be my choice. A flat bar will grip the round mast slot just fine.:) It is a handy place for cleats & such.
 

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We stock them in our chandlery. Local rigging shop makes them for us. You can do the same, as mentioned previously.
 

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Any cleat can be mounted in the track, particulary for small boats.

I'm looking for a downhaul cleat for my Balboa 24 mast. They are cleats that slide into the mast slot and are locked in place. I've seen them in O'Day 17 and Catalina 22 part schematics but can't find them online. The O'Day was a clam cleat and the Catalina a horn cleat. I think I'd prefer the clam cleat but either is better than nothing.
Mike
Probably all you need to do is put the correct length bolts through it with nuts (no washers, because you want the nuts to catch), slide it into the opening, and slide it down and tighten firmly in place. The nuts will bite in. This works well if it is not far below the sail feed opening. Some times it takes a little fiddling, but I have done it a number of times.

If the nuts spin, try reaching up to them with a bent coat hanger or such inserted above of below.

Good luck.

A more elegant solution is to get a piece of ~ 1/2" aluminum bar and tap it to hold the bolts. No spinning. This is better if you have to go to the mast head, but it isn't really any stronger.
 

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I'm looking forward to getting it done. Any number of shapes or configurations will work. Having a good cleat in the right place to tack the downhaul down will be one less thing to worry about.
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Thanks, Henry. Way cool idea. It's much easier to have two seperate slugs than trying to put two accurately spaced threaded holes in one slug/bar. Trying to get the spacing just right in a home shop is hard to do. I think I have aluminum round and flat bar that I can try this with.
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